Glady’s Caribbean

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81 Good

A rum palace elaborately (and deliciously) disguised as a jerk joint.

788 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11238


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The lowdown

It’s the rare Jamaican restaurant that offers jerk seitan alongside flights of aged rum, but such touches make Glady’s a great Caribbean canteen for modern Brooklyn. The lively restaurant and bar, where lush plants dangle from the ceiling and sunlight slants in from window blinds, is best enjoyed with a clutch of friends, the better to share platters of smoke-stained jerk chicken and pork cooked on the wood-fired grill. You’ll want sides of spicy slaw and rice and beans, plus a few cups of the daily rum punch, a frozen Dark N Slushie, and, why not, a bucket of Red Stripes for the table. It’s a great place to have a full, sit-down meal, cocktails and all. The jerk joint’s crackerjack kitchen, led by a veteran of Momofuku Noodle Bar and Kajitsu, has a rum fetish second to none. Where else can you sip your way through the befuddling assortment of rums, rhums, rons, and tasting flights? And did we mention that Dark N Slushie? It’s a homey vibe, along with succulent wood-smoked jerk chicken, juicy jerk pork, and an estimable curry goat.

What you need to know

Recommended DishesJerk fried chicken sandwich (lunch only).

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized